Diarrhea is an uncomfortable and distressing, not to mention inconvenient, condition. It can also be dangerous if severe or chronic and leading to dehydration or nutrient depletion. If you have chronic diarrhea or it is accompanied by other symptoms, make sure to consult with your doctor as soon as possible and stay hydrated.
The essential oil remedies for diarrhea outlined below are helpful for dealing with diarrhea and many of its related symptoms. While some types of essential oil can be taken orally when diluted with a carrier oil, others cannot be taken in this way. You can use essential oils as topical treatments (for example, massage oil) or as aromatherapy that might help with your diarrhea.
- 1 What is Diarrhea?
- 2 What are the Causes of Diarrhea?
- 3 More Information on Dehydration
- 4 Best Essential Oils For Diarrhea
- 5 Essential Oil Mixes and Uses for Diarrhea
- 5.1 Recipe for abdomen rub for diarrhea
- 5.2 Recipe for abdomen rub for diarrhea caused by a viral or bacterial infection
- 5.3 Recipe for abdomen rub for diarrhea caused by food
- 5.4 Recipe for essential oil bath for diarrhea caused by viral or bacterial infection
- 5.5 Recipe for peppermint oil capsules for food-related diarrhea
- 5.6 Recipe for diffuser blend
- 5.7 Rollerball oil for diarrhea caused by anxiety or nerves
- 5.8 Room spray for diarrhea caused by anxiety or nerves
- 5.9 To help with diarrhea caused by a virus or bacteria:
- 6 Other Natural Remedies for Diarrhea
- 6.1 Chamomile tea
- 6.2 Bananas
- 6.3 Apple cider vinegar
- 6.4 Fenugreek seeds
- 6.5 Ginger
- 6.6 Yogurt
- 6.7 Probiotics
- 6.8 White rice
- 6.9 Decaffeinated black tea
- 6.10 Clear broth
- 6.11 Apple juice
- 6.12 Honey
- 6.13 Applesauce
- 6.14 Orange peel tea
- 6.15 Vinegar and water
- 6.16 Buttermilk
- 6.17 Caraway tea
- 6.18 Try the BRAT diet
- 6.19 Avoid certain foods
- 6.20 Turmeric
- 6.21 Boost your complex carbohydrate intake
- 6.22 Carob
- 6.23 Psyllium
- 6.24 Goldenseal
- 6.25 Carrots
- 6.26 Conclusion
What is Diarrhea?
As most of us know, diarrhea is watery or loose stool. Generally, you’re considered to have diarrhea if you have three or more such bowel movements within 24 hours. If your diarrhea is very severe, is accompanied by other symptoms, or becomes chronic, you should consult with a doctor as soon as you can.
Diarrhea occurs when the body needs to get rid of toxins or infection that are present in the digestive system. Diarrhea is frequently experienced with other symptoms, such as abdominal bloating and cramps; nausea; loss of appetite; and increased thirst.
If your diarrhea is a symptom of an illness such as flu, an infection, or another condition that might require medical attention, you might also have fever, vomiting, and other more worrying manifestations of illness.
As mentioned earlier, diarrhea (especially chronic) can lead to dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration can include upset stomach, brain fog, dizziness, weakness, and changes in blood pressure.
What are the Causes of Diarrhea?
Some of the possible causes of diarrhea can include illness and food poisoning. Examples of chronic conditions that can cause it are IBS, leaky gut syndrome, problems with digestion, and not staying properly hydrated.
Food allergies (such as lactose intolerance) is another common cause. Drinking water contaminated with bacteria or parasites is another cause.
More Information on Dehydration
If you have or have recently experienced, diarrhea, make sure that you rehydrate yourself. This is important, as having diarrhea can lead to an excessive loss of fluid and electrolytes from the body.
Electrolytes are essential because these minerals and salts impact muscle activity, the amount of water your body holds, and a variety of other essential functions.
To help prevent dehydration, you’ll not only have to drink lots of water but also consume fluids and foods that contain a certain amount of sodium and/or potassium.
Vegetables, soft fruits (especially bananas), and fruit juice are examples of foods that have potassium. Soups and broths contain the sodium you need.
If you think that you might have dehydration, try drinking the following mixture: one quart of bottled water, eight teaspoons of sugar, and one and a half teaspoons of salt.
Coconut water is also a good liquid to drink. It will help to replace electrolytes and fluids that have been lost, thus addressing dehydration. Coconut water contains sugar, however, so make sure not to go overboard.
It is important that you drink a minimum of six eight-ounce glasses of fluid each day. Also try to bring herbal tea with honey, chicken broth, and fruit juice into your diet.
If you have a difficult time drinking the amount of fluids that you need, sip it throughout the day in small amounts. This is perfectly acceptable, as long as by the end of the day you have had the necessary six glasses we mentioned earlier.
Try to avoid sugarless gums that contain mannitol and sorbitol, as these chemicals can sometimes have laxative effects. Also, reduce your intake of caffeine.
Best Essential Oils For Diarrhea
There are several different essential oils that can help to alleviate diarrhea. We will discuss how each should be used. Keep in mind that many essential oils should not be taken orally.
Below are some examples of essential oils that people use in different ways to help with diarrhea.
- Peppermint oil
- Frankincense oil
- Lemon oil
- Chamomile oil
- Ginger oil
- Lavender oil
- Thyme oil
- Orange oil
- Fennel oil
- Basil oil
Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil can alleviate cramps. Use food grade peppermint oil and dilute it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil. Take very small doses.
It is believed that this oil has the ability to calm the digestive tract and soothe bowel inflammation, helping to alleviate loose stools.
The cramping frequently connected to diarrhea can also be helped by peppermint, as this essential oil contains menthol, a substance with anti-spasmodic properties. Peppermint oil has a long history as being useful for dealing with diarrhea. The L-menthol it contains helps to calm the muscles of the small bowel.
Lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil has detoxifying properties. This is helpful when the digestive system is being irritated by bacteria, a virus, or toxins.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is known for its calming and soothing properties. You can use lavender oil in a diffuser to breathe in the calming scent. You might also like to massage diluted lavender oil over your abdomen. This will help with stomach cramps and inflammation.
Ginger essential oil
Ginger essential oil has excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also effective against nausea and dizziness. Ginger helps to normalize the movement of the intestines. This is evidence that it can assist in regulating the way food moves through the digestive system.
Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense essential oil boosts the immune system and has antibacterial properties.
Chamomile oil is effective in calming irritation and inflammation. It can also help with cramps.
Thyme essential oil
Thyme essential oil is derived from thyme, an herb. Thyme has been used for thousands of years in a variety of cultures. Thyme essential oil has antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. It is also calming when used in aromatherapy.
Fennel essential oil
Fennel essential oil is made from crushed fennel seeds, through the process of steam distillation. This oil has many important components, including alpha-pinene, limonene, anisic aldehyde, myrcene, cineole, and fenchone.
Fennel essential oil has antibacterial qualities, and can promote healing. It is also anti-spasmodic, potentially helping with the cramps that can be experienced with diarrhea.
Be careful not to have too much fennel oil, however, as it can soften bowel movements, too. This means that going overboard could exacerbate diarrhea in some circumstances.
Basil essential oil
Basil essential oil is derived from the seeds and leaves of the basil plant. Basil has been used for thousands of years in certain cultures for various medical issues, one of which is diarrhea.
Essential Oil Mixes and Uses for Diarrhea
Recipe for abdomen rub for diarrhea
Mix one drop of eucalyptus oil, two drops of lavender, three drops of peppermint oil, and one teaspoon of olive oil. Mix the ingredients together and massage it over your abdominal area. Make sure to lie down and rest for around 15 minutes after doing this.
Make a massage oil by mixing one teaspoon of olive oil, one drop of fennel, one drop of lemon, one drop of tea tree oil, and one drop of lavender. Massage this mixture over your abdomen twice daily.
Recipe for abdomen rub for diarrhea caused by food
Make a stomach rub blend by mixing one drop of eucalyptus oil, two drops of lavender, three drops of peppermint oil, and one teaspoon of olive oil. Massage this over your abdominal area twice each day. You could also use eucalyptus oil, thyme oil, or tea tree oil in this massage mixture.
For this bath, you will need half a cup of whole milk, ten drops of frankincense, seven drops of ginger oil, ten drops of lavender oil, and half a cup of Epsom salts. Run a warm bath.
While the water is running, put in the Epsom salts. Once you’ve turned the tap off, add in the essential oils and milk (mixed together). Stir the water, and then get in the bath. Soak in the bath and relax.
You will need vegetable capsules, organic food grade peppermint oil, and olive oil. Open each capsule and put in one drop of organic food grade peppermint oil. Add in olive oil to finish filling it. Take one of these capsules each day for around three days.
Recipe for diffuser blend
Put this blend of oils into a diffuser so that you can benefit from the soothing aroma. You will need three drops of lemon oil and three drops of peppermint oil. You will need a cold air diffuser.
Rollerball oil for diarrhea caused by anxiety or nerves
You will need a 10 ml roller bottle, ten drops of lemon essential oil, ten drops of lavender essential oil, and ten drops of chamomile essential oil. You will also need fractionated coconut oil.
Put all the essential oils in the roller bottle. Add in fractionated coconut oil until the bottle is full. You can roll this mixture onto your wrists, shoulders, and behind your ears when you’re feeling the effects of stress.
Room spray for diarrhea caused by anxiety or nerves
To make this room spray, you will require a four-ounce amber spray bottle, half a cup of distilled water, five drops of peppermint essential oil, five drops of lavender essential oil, and seven drops of frankincense essential oil.
Put the essential oils in the spray bottle, and add in water until it is full. Shake the bottle, and spray into the air.
To help with diarrhea caused by a virus or bacteria:
Choose one of the following oils:
eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, and thyme. Mix six drops of it with a carrier oil (such as olive oil). Massage this mixture over your abdomen. You could also use a mixture of these oils, according to your preference.
Essential oils bath:
To take an essential oils bath that might be helpful in soothing your diarrhea, add four drops of ginger oil, five drops of lavender oil, five drops of thyme oil, and half a cup of Epsom salts to a bath and soak in it. Be careful getting out of the bath, as the bottom will probably be slick and slippery.
Massage oil with oregano:
Mix peppermint, ginger, pepper, basil, fennel, and oregano essential oils, and massage this mixture over your abdominal area. Make sure to inhale the aroma of the oil as you do so.
Other Natural Remedies for Diarrhea
The essential oil remedies we’ve described above aren’t the only approaches you can take to your diarrhea problem. There are numerous other natural remedies for diarrhea, such as the following:
Chamomile tea has antispasmodic properties. This means that it can help ease the spasms and cramps that tend to accompany diarrhea.
It is also anti-inflammatory. To make chamomile tea, steep one teaspoon of chamomile flowers or a chamomile teabag in boiling water for at least five full minutes.
If you use chamomile flowers, strain the liquid before drinking it. you can drink this several times a day. Be aware, however, that it is likely to make you sleepy and therefore probably isn’t a good choice of remedy when you have a lot to do.
The large amount of pectin in ripe bananas makes it effective against diarrhea. Pectin helps because it is a water-soluble fiber. The potassium in bananas also makes this fruit helpful, as it is an electrolyte that assists in counteracting dehydration. Consume two or three ripe bananas each day until your symptoms disappear.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help fight any bacteria that might be causing your diarrhea. Mix a single teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. You can drink this twice a day.
Fenugreek seeds have a high mucilage content, making them highly effective against diarrhea. Together with a tablespoon of yogurt, chew a single teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
You could also mix one half teaspoons of fenugreek seeds and one half teaspoon of cumin seeds with two tablespoons of yogurt. Eat this three times daily.
Grate one small piece of ginger, and mix it with a single teaspoon of honey. Take this mixture daily. It will help to improve digestion.
Ginger tea is also a good option. You can enjoy it a few times a day. To make this tea, cut up a small piece of ginger and put it in water (one cup). Boil this for two or three minutes and then strain it. Mix in a bit of honey.
Yogurt containing live bacterial cultures (such as bifidobacterium and lactobacilius acidophilus) can help to eliminate the bad bacteria that may be behind your diarrhea. Enjoy two bowls of yogurt daily. You can mix in ripe banana, too.
Consider taking a probiotic supplement every day. The beneficial bacteria in probiotics will help to fight bad bacteria living in your digestive system, and contribute to your general health and well-being.
Examples of foods that often have some natural probiotic content include: yogurt, sourdough bread, sauerkraut, green olives, cottage cheese, tempeh, aged soft cheeses, and dark chocolate.
Enjoy moderate amounts of plain white rice. This might help to calm your diarrhea.
Decaffeinated black tea
Decaffeinated black tea or a herbal tea such as raspberry or blackberry leaf, can be helpful in alleviating diarrhea. This is because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
Clear broth can be useful in providing minerals and salts that you may have lost with your diarrhea.
Apple juice is rich in minerals and salts that will help replenish your body. Just have small portions, especially at first.
Add four tablespoons of honey to a cup of hot water and stir. Once it has cooled, sip on this drink.
Applesauce has pectin, which can be useful in alleviating diarrhea. Consume moderate amounts of applesauce at intervals.
Orange peel tea
Orange peel tea helps with digestion. Make sure to use organic oranges. First peel an orange and then finely chop its peel. Put the peel in a pot, and add in boiling water (one pint). Let this steep. Once it is cool, add in a bit of honey.
Vinegar and water
Make a weak mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Sip this liquid. This might be helpful in addressing bacteria that could be causing your diarrhea. It could also alleviate intestinal spasms, as it contains pectin.
Mix half a teaspoon of dry ginger into a glass of buttermilk. Sip on this drink a few times a day.
To make caraway tea, mix a single teaspoon of caraway seeds into one cup of boiling water. Allow this to steep for about 15 minutes. Remember to strain this with a sieve before you start drinking.
Try the BRAT diet
The BRAT diet includes bananas, rice (plain), and applesauce, as well as dry toast and tea. This diet is calming to the digestive system.
Avoid certain foods
You should avoid eating greasy and fried foods when experiencing diarrhea, as they may make the problem worse. Other foods that you should try to steer clear of during bouts of diarrhea include: beans, prunes, green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, corn, peppers, peas, alcohol, berries, artificial sweeteners, coffee, and chickpeas,
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of cold or hot water and drink. This could be especially helpful for diarrhea that is linked to inflammation.
Boost your complex carbohydrate intake
Increasing your intake of complex carbohydrates is believed to be able to help alleviate diarrhea. Add more crackers, potatoes, rice, and bread to your diet.
The tannins found in carob can exert a binding effect on the intestinal tract’s mucous membranes. This is why it can be useful in alleviating diarrhea. Tannins are astringent substances.
Psyllium has very significant mucilage and fiber content. It adds greater bulk to the stool, often helping to alleviate diarrhea.
Goldenseal’s most important component is berberine. It is believed to have the ability to fight E-coli, a bacteria that often causes diarrhea.
You can find dried goldenseal capsules at health food stores. Make sure to read the directions on the jar regarding dosages. Speak to your doctor before taking goldenseal if you’re on any medications. Avoid taking this herb if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Carrots contain pectin, meaning that they might be helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of diarrhea. Cook carrots long enough so that they’re soft.
After that, put them in a blender with a small amount of water. Blend this to the consistency of baby food. You should eat from one quarter to half a cup of this every hour.
Now that you’ve read all about the essential oil and other natural remedies for diarrhea set out above, you’re well equipped to deal with your next bout of this embarrassing problem. Remember to consult with your doctor about diarrhea that is chronic and/or severe in nature, and to ensure that any remedies that you take will not interact with medications that you are taking or adversely affect any existing medical condition. Drink lots of water, and keep yourself properly hydrated at all times.
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